Early goldenrod

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.

Scientific name: Solidago juncea Aiton

Common name(s): early goldenrod, plume goldenrod

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-can reach up to 1-3 feet in height

-leaves are

  • narrowly elliptical
  • three parallel veins
  • sharply toothed
  • upper leaves are smaller and not hairy

-inflorescence and densely clustered flowers

– many goldenrod species in New England, and closely related species may hybridize.  May be confused with S. uliginosa in wet areas; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-sandy soils


-fields and meadows

Natural History:

– Solidago: from Latin solido, meaning “to make whole or heal”

  • named for its medical uses



Wisconsin State University. “ Solidago Juncea.” Online Virtual Flora of Wisconsin , Department of Botany, wisflora.herbarium.wisc.edu/taxa/index.php?taxon=5087.